There have been some good Super Bowls over the last few years. This wasn't one of them. Just twelve seconds in, when the Seahawks scored a safety off of whatever happened between NFL MVP Peyton Manning and center Manny Ramirez, we had a pretty good idea how this was going to go: very bad for the Broncos. They lost, 43-8.
Denver's got a great offense (the best in the NFL, ever), but Seattle has the best defense — and Denver hasn't faced a great defense this season. And they clearly weren't ready to do so now. It took Seattle just a few seconds to score. It took the Broncos three quarters. For only the third time in Super Bowl history, a linebacker (Malcolm Smith) was the MVP.
It wasn't the biggest blowout in Super Bowl history (that dubious honor goes to the Broncos of times past — Super Bowl XXIV, which they lost to the 49ers, 55 to 10), but it was pretty bad, and made for a boring game.
The Empire State Building was over it:
The Empire State Building is just like: Screw it, Seahawks win and we're going home pic.twitter.com/jGhza7rcmp— Joel Pavelski (@joelcifer) February 3, 2014
(For what it's worth, the George Washington Bridge is still sporting orange lights.)